The March 6th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels win big in their spring opener, Pujols intends to play a lot this spring, Morales embarking on what might be the most important week of his career and much more...
The Monkey Says: There might never have been a more anticipated first Cactus League at-bat than Pujols' first AB, which he cashed in for an RBI double. The other new Halos had a nice days as well with Wilson sharp through two innings and Iannetta smacking a home run. It is worth noting that Bobby Abreu was in the original starting lineup before being scratched due to illness.
The Monkey Says: This is just another example of Pujols showing off his commitment to routine and hard work. He also made other comments today suggesting that it is also a little bit about getting to familiarize himself with pitchers in the American League in advance of facing them in the regular season.
The Monkey Says: I embellished the level of importance over what Scioscia stated, but I don't believe that I am overselling it. If he can't get through this week, then it could be back to the drawing board for his whole recovery. However, if he passes with flying colors, then we are going to be mere inches away from seeing Kendrys return to live action.
The Monkey Says: One could argue that he was so bad last season that he can't help but improve, so this isn't as bold a statement as one might think at first blush. Wells did look good in his first spring action though, drawing a walk and hitting the ball hard in all of his other at-bats, including a two-run single in his first at-bat.
The Monkey Says: I am truly shocked that a feature story emanating from the LA Times would attempt to take a dump all over what should be a more joyous occasion.
The Monkey Says: He will be missed.
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Well I for one have pictures of the first at bat, because, thanks to @vernonwells10 , I was there. I'd be happy to provide copies for the Monkey to share. My first impression of the day however was Ianetta and the stolen Darin Erstad jersey he was wearing. I know, I bring up jersey numbers probably more than anyone, but it is just difficult to see a player who came through our system and play the best years of his career AND catch the final out of the World Series have his number handed out to a new kid on the block like it's old hat. Monkey, if I am not mistaken Darin is your favorite Angel, I imagine there will be some tough times watching someone else wear the #17.
Game 1 in Alberts reign was awesome. Everyone looked like they were not only loose but completely on fire and as if they couldn't wait to "get out of the gate". Bill Stoneman was in good spirits, sat next to me; Victor Rojas has a beautiful family, sat next to us AND his daughter took a picture of my wife, boy and I; Mrs. Pujols was in the front row of our section wearing a blinggy custom hat.
Last note, until the well runs dry, I will be selling Vernon Wells as Co- Comeback players of the year (with strong competition from Kendrys IF he does make it back)
Forget about that Ianetta HR, it could only have happened at that excessively high altitude.
Seriously? Just another example of why it's been so long since the Times was relevant. The sports page held on a little longer but after Jim Murray died and Scott Ostler left...all downhill.